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Federal Communications Director

Washington DC

The BlueGreen Alliance (BGA) seeks qualified candidates for the position of Federal Communications Director. BGA is a national partnership of America’s largest labor unions and most influential environmental organizations working to turn today’s biggest environmental challenges into our biggest economic and job‐creating opportunities. Together with 15 million members and supporters, we are a powerful, unified voice calling for good, family-sustaining jobs, a clean environment and a thriving and fair American economy.


Job Summary: BGA is seeking a Federal Communications Director (FCD), based in Washington, D.C., to lead the organization’s comprehensive communications effort surrounding federal policy and legislative priorities. This position will report directly to the Executive Vice President, and will work with BGA’s legislative and policy department to develop and implement dynamic and aggressive earned and social media campaigns around key priorities, including climate change, safe chemicals, clean infrastructure, and international trade. BGA is seeking an enthusiastic communications professional with a positive attitude and fresh perspective.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

FCD is responsible for comprehensive communications planning and execution for national and/or federal policy and legislative priorities. Working with the Executive Vice President, the FCD will develop and implement a dynamic communications plan consistent with BGA’s organizational goals to advocate key issues and to enhance BGA’s brand identity in the Beltway.

FCD will monitor developments regarding key priorities and legislation, generate and develop earned and social media strategies to promote BGA’s voice, and develop content for BGA’s communications channels in pursuit of those objectives.

FCD will field all national and/or federal media inquiries, conduct media outreach, plan media events and press calls, and work with national partners to identify and plan media opportunities. FCS will maintain national press contact lists.

FCD will develop and execute digital strategies related to national and/or federal issues, working to increase audience and engagement by capitalizing on strategic national or federal events and opportunities consistent with organizational priorities.

FCD will work closely with the Executive Director and the Executive Vice President to build BGA’s presence in media and to craft principle‐specific content.

FCD will work collaboratively with state communications counterpart to develop complementary communications strategies between state and federal issues.

Other duties as required.


Skills & Qualifications:

Candidate should have 10 years of experience in communications, public relations, journalism, or related profession.

Ideal candidate is prepared for or has experience working in a fast‐paced environment, including experience working on an electoral or issue campaign.

General familiarity or previous experience working with labor unions and environmental organizations is preferred, along with a familiarity climate change, energy, infrastructure, trade, and/or workers’ rights.

Candidate should have track record in building relationships with reporters, as well as on‐the‐record experience.

Candidate must possess the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and strong time management and project management skills.

Candidate must bring to the position excellent written and verbal communications skills, strong interpersonal skills, the ability to collaborate with other staff and partners, and a deep commitment to and enthusiasm for the work of BGA.


Additional Information: Salary commensurate with experience; generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, 401k with company match, generous vacation and holidays, and a friendly work environment. Periodic travel is required.


How to Apply: Submit cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references by March 31, 2017, to Jennifer Bakkom‐Gatzke (jenb@bluegreenalliance.org). Please write “Federal Communications Director” in the subject line.

Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Posted March 20, 2017

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